lent

Heather Walker Peterson

Our Christmas card photo unnerved me this year. Our two young daughters in burgundy and raspberry velvet dresses, my husband in a brownish jacket, me in a dark chambray dress with a cabled sweater and a red-beaded necklace...

Ann Boyd

Ann Boyd reflects on the complicated relationship she has with Lent and what Jesus has taught her through it.

Tish Harrison Warren
I am learning that, by nature, I'm a doubter. Some friends say it's because of my enneagram type. Or it could be because I have lived among so many skeptics. Or perhaps it is due to personal sinfulness and weakness. For whatever reason...
Tish Harrison Warren
I’m always caught off guard by how tragedy is inevitably invaded by the ordinary. Soon after we were married my husband and I were in a serious accident that left the friend riding with us severely injured . . . 
Sara Scheunemann

I vividly remember my first experience with Ash Wednesday. I was eighteen and a freshman at Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Walking around campus that morning, I found myself surrounded by people with smudges of dirt . . .

Tish Harrison Warren

At my first Ash Wednesday service several years ago, I knelt in a quiet, contemplative sanctuary and was surprised by feeling almost irrepressible rage. As the priest marked each attendant with a cross of ashes on our foreheads, I felt as if he was marking us for death. I was angry at death . . .

Ann Boyd

February has meant a lot of things at the Boyd house: Valentine’s Day, Mama’s birthday, and our annual Willy Wonka celebration (which happened on a very low-key scale this year). The fruits of this month have included a serious amount of chocolate and some deep thoughts . . .

Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Warren describes the what, how, and why of her Lenten practices.

Stephanie Gehring

“Wheat dies so many times,” writes poet and artist Stephanie Gehring as she begins this Lenten meditation.

Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren took on stillness for Lent and found when she slowed down and invited Jesus in, she was forced to face things she might usually ignore.

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